Candidates seeking one of the six seats to be chosen by the Election Committee may be asked whether they support universal suffrage for the Chief Executive's position and all 60 Legco seats in 2007 and 2008, a legal heavyweight said yesterday. Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, SC, a former Bar Association chairman, said if the candidates did not support it, they would be asked whether they would accept a referendum on the issue. Ms Eu wants the support of 20 other lawyers who are on the Election Committee to issue a joint letter to candidates. Four of the 10 legislators returned via the Election Committee poll in 1998 have submitted nomination forms to stand this year. They are Ho Sai-chu of the Liberal Party; Yeung Yiu-chung of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong; and non-affiliated Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai and Ng Leung-sing. Ms Eu said the questions to be raised in the letter to the hopefuls included principles such as commitment to the rule of law and freedom of speech. The candidates would be urged to consult the legal sector on legal issues and to press the Government to begin discussion on political reform. September will be the last time legislators will be chosen by an Election Committee. In the 2004 poll, there will be 30 functional constituency seats and 30 geographical seats. Ms Eu said she had already secured the support of the six barristers who ran a joint campaign with her in the election committee legal subsector poll. She was awaiting replies from the remaining 13 lawyers. Ms Eu is acting as campaign organiser for Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, who announced yesterday she would stand again in the legal functional constituency.